Sustainable development in the automotive industry

As I have been working for two years in the automotive industry, I wanted to present the Valeo case. Valeo is an industrial group fully focused on the design, production and sale of components, systems and modules for cars and trucks. It ranks among the world’s top automotive suppliers and supplies all major vehicle manufacturer. I think that Valeo is a good example of a multinational company that promotes the practice of sustainable development for the benefit of the communities where the Group is present, EVEN IF decentralization is a daily reality. I would like to present some of interesting practices the Group is developing.
First Valeo is really trying to develop the employees’ competences and to give them more power. Indeed, the Group provides all employees with the same learning opportunities and a system of “improvement propositions” has been set up, so that the employees can continuously propose game-breaking ideas.
Concerning the environment policies, Valeo is taking into account the European directive on end-of-life vehicles which requires heavy metals to be eliminated from the production of all european vehicles since july 1, 2003. In addition to that, 99 sites of the Groupe have received ISO 14001 environmental certification. This shows how Valeo is respecting the international standards for the products, process, but also managerial and organizational practices.
Finally, concerning the commitment to society, Valeo has joined the United Nations Global Compact, which defines 10 principles in the area of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption to be respected. The Global Compact also help the business community to find solutions to the problems of globalization.
If you want to get more information about “Globalization and sustainable development”, go to the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development. I found some interesting research works.
Do you have other examples of companies working for sustainable development? Have you experience those kind of practices?

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One comment on “Sustainable development in the automotive industry
  1. jeremy says:

    Very interesting Geraldine – sounds like a great company. The paint company in Australia I was talking about is called Rockcote. Amazingly — and I have only just realised this — they hardly make any mention on their website of the fact that they are probably one of the most ecologically sustainable companies in Australia! I have just made a mental note to ask the owners of the company why this is so!

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